Family Makes Volunteering A Tradition

(WIBW) - If you're looking to improve your health, you might give volunteering a try.

Studies show people who volunteer live longer, have less heart trouble, and are happier.

One family's been lending a hand at Topeka's Stormont-Vail for three generations.

Tudy Burton has volunteered at Stormont more than 30 years, logging more than 9500 hours. Right now, she staffs the information desk. She started in the emergency room and also spent time in oncology.

Tudy's children children who got her started. They volunteered at Stormont, too.

Among them is Torey, who started when she was in junior high working in what's now the Food Connection and went on to pediatrics and the emergency room. Also, brother Trey, who worked in the emergency room, then the recovery room when he was in high school.

After retirement, dad Terry joined in. He started out as a valet driver and continues to work with the auxiliary and special events.

It doesn't end there. Trey's children, 17-year old Kaitlyn and 15-year old Kyle, carry on the tradition. Kaitlyn started in the cafeteria, cleaning tables and serving food, and now does secretarial work in the clinical research department. Kyle worked in the health science library.

The Burton family illustrate the wide range of volunteer opportunities available in 70 areas of the hospital. Stormont has 550 volunteers giving their time.

The Burtons all agree the work is fun and they meet great people. Plus, it gives them satisfaction to know they're helping others.

Not only that, the teens say it's teaching them job skills that will help later in life. In fact, Torey's experience reinforced her desire to be a nurse.

To find out about Stormont's volunteer opportunities, call 354-6095, or go to www.stormontvail.org.


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